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Reflect on an issue in society and a related aspect in life as found in the poem "Blackberries" by Yusef Komunyakaa.

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In terms of Yusef Komunyakaa's poem, "Blackberries," the social issue I recognize is racism, and the aspect of life related to the issue is that of hunger.

I lean toward racism because Komunyakaa, while born in America, is descended from great-grandparents from Trinidad, and grows up in Louisiana in the heartland of racism against persons of color.

He grew up in the small town of Bogalusa, Louisiana, before and during the Civil Rights-era.

Phrases such as "rich in blackness," "hid from daylight," "limboed between worlds," and "the blue car made me sweat" bring forth images of pride in being black, the attempt to live between the world of whites vs. blacks, and the fear that accompanied perhaps what represents a...

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